Environment & Sustainability Archive

Queensland Alumina Limited fined $125,000 for 3rd environmental harm offence (22 December 2013)

Gladstone alumina refinery Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) has been fined $125,000 and had a conviction recorded against them after pleading guilty to causing serious environmental harm. In Gladstone Magistrates’ Court this week, QAL pleaded guilty to allowing the release

New population projections suggest Melbourne could grow by 83% to 10.3 million in 2061 (28 November 2013)

Latest population projections for Australia released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that Melbourne and Victoria will continue to accommodate strong population growth over the coming 50 years. The statistics released by the ABS forecast that according

Australia’s Federal Government proposes streamlined environmental approval process for offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage activities (25 November 2013)

The Australian Federal Government has released two draft reports for public comment on establishing a ‘one-stop-shop’ environmental approval process for offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage activities. The reports are a requirement of the strategic assessment process under national

Queensland Government releases plan to encourage resources sector growth on Cape York Peninsula (21 November 2013)

Queensland’s Liberal-National Government has released for public comment its blueprint for the future of Cape York Peninsula. Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Mr Jeff Seeney, said the draft Cape York Regional Plan delivers

Queensland Government ‘unashamedly’ releases Galilee Basin Development Strategy (7 November 2013)

A strategy to facilitate the development of the Galilee Basin (an area containing extensive deposits of thermal coal) and deliver up to 28,000 new jobs was unveiled by the Queensland Liberal National Government today. Queensland’s Premier, Mr Campbell Newman,

New South Wales signs up to environmental approvals ‘one stop shop’ (7 November 2013)

Australia’s Federal Government has signed the second Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a State Government aimed at to create a one-stop shop for environmental approvals – removing the need for environmental approvals to be obtained from two levels of

Australia’s Climate Change Authority calls for tougher greenhouse gas emission reduction targets (4 November 2013)

Australia’s Climate Change Authority has called for tougher targets for reductions in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in a “Targets and Progress Review” Draft Report released on 30 October 2013. Major conclusions and recommendations The Authority’s major conclusion is that

Western Australia introduces environmental approval process reforms that make it clearer, easier, and cheaper for the resources sector to do business (30 October 2013)

Western Australia’s Liberal State Government is the latest State Government to move to ‘reduce red tape’ around environmental approval processes. The WA Government has announced that it will introduce into Parliament a new mining Bill to reduce red tape,

Australia’s Federal Government seeks ‘one-stop-shop’ for environmental approval of petroleum activities in Australian waters (28 October 2013)

The Australian Government has taken a step towards ensuring a ‘one-stop-shop’ approval process for offshore petroleum activities in Australian waters. The Australian Federal Minister for Industry, Mr Ian Macfarlane, and the Federal  Minister for the Environment, Mr Greg Hunt,

Queensland State Government seeks feedback on blueprint for South East Queensland’s water resources (28 October 2013)

A blueprint for the flexible and cost-effective management of South East Queensland’s (SEQs) water resources has been released for public consultation. Acting Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mr Andrew Cripps, said the time was right for Seqwater to